088, Mike Gabriel, RSF Social Finance | Financing Social Enterprises

088, Mike Gabriel, RSF Social Finance | Financing Social Enterprises

RSF Social Finance has an innovative approach to financing social enterprises. They bring social entrepreneurs and funders together in regional meetings where loan rates are negotiated. Entrepreneurs help funders understand the impact of higher rates, while funders help entrepreneurs understand the impact of lower returns. In the end, they set the rates.

How did Mike Gabriel come to join RSF? From 1997 to 2002, Mike Gabriel was an investment banker in San Francisco. “There was the dot-com boom and bust,” Mike told me. “There was a lot of froth – a lot of greed. That took a toll on me. Like many young people do, I questioned, what is it I’m doing with my life?” He decided to travel the world for a while. First stop? The Philippines.

While in the Philippines, Mike joined a micro-finance institution. “That got me on this track,” he said. This led to a 5-year stay with the Grameen Foundation.

Today, Mike is with RSF Social Finance, as a manager with in the Social Enterprise lending program, specifically focused on ecological stewardship work.

Social Entrepreneurship Quotes from Mike Gabriel

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“RSF is, at the end of the day, trying to create a much better financial system.”

“We want to create financial transactions that are based on long-term relationships, based on transparency and that are direct.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”‘What we’re working on now at RSF is something we’re calling integrative capital.’ Mike Gabriel of @RSFSocFinance“]

“Build a strong network of support.”

“Is your money aligned with your values?”

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About the Author
Tony Loyd is a TEDx speaker, podcast host and the author of Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. He is a former Fortune 500 executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, talent management, and leadership development. Tony is the host of the podcast Social Entrepreneur where you can hear the stories of changemakers who are making an impact on the world.

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